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SEPTEMBER 2020

Turkish Parliament Approved Bill To Deploy Troops to Libya

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Turkish Parliament Approved Bill To Deploy Troops to Libya

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On January 2nd, the Turkish Grand National Assembly convened under the chairmanship of Parliament Speaker Mustafa Şentop to discuss the Presidential motion concerning the deployment of troops to Libya.

After approximately 4 hours of discussions and negotiations, the vote on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s motion concerning the deployment of troops to Libya was accepted.

The notion passed with 325 votes “for” and 157 votes “against.” The decision was accepted with a wide applause, by the majority MPs.

The vote on the Presidential motion on the deployment of troops will be the only item on the agenda of the Turkish parliament for the day.

Political party groups were given 20 minutes to speak, and after that the reading of the text of the resolution began. Negotiations followed, and a final vote was cast.

Prior to the vote, Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and its far-right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) ally support the bill, meaning it should comfortably pass.

The secular main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) vehemently opposes sending troops to Libya, while Meral Akşener, the head of the opposition nationalist Good Party, is to meet the party’s members of parliament to discuss the bill before the debate.

There were no surprises, and whether the deployment would happen remains in question, since Ankara left itself a little room to maneuver. The approval of the bill doesn’t require Turkey to deploy any forces, but rather gives it a 1-year window to send troops to assist the UN-assigned Government of National Accord.

Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay, told Anadolu Agency that Turkey’s decision to deploy military forces in Libya would depend on the level of violence in the country.

“This is totally related to the situation there. We are ready,” Oktay said in an interview. “Passing the motion in parliament has a political message. Why should we go there if the attitude changes after the motion is passed and they (Haftar’s forces) say ‘we are withdrawing, we gave up assault’?” he said.

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